Dell’s Latest Return To Office Policy Backfires

Dell Return To Office

Dell’s most recent return-to-office policy was implemented in April of 2024 calling for hybrid employees to come in at least 39 days per quarter without any requirements for remote workers. However, remote workers would no longer be eligible for promotion or to change jobs within the company.

Dell employees are pushing back.

Here is everything you need to know about Dell’s return to office plan: the current policy, the timeline of delays, and sentiment from Dell employees and leadership about how work will be done at the company.


Dell’s Return To Office: Current Policy

  • Return To Office Date: April 5, 2024
  • Location Policy: Hybrid
  • Office Visit Expectations:
    • 39 days per quarter (3 days/week) for hybrid workers
    • 0 days for remote workers (but also not eligible for promotion or internal job change)


Dell’s RTO Timeline

September 7, 2021: Dell re-opens offices without a set policy (Dell’s first return to office policy)

“Dell Technologies Inc. announced June 30 in an internal memo that the company would reopen its U.S. offices on Sept. 7.”


September 7, 2022: Dell declares there will be no official return to the office

Michael Dell said, “Ultimately, we have committed to allow team members around the globe to choose the work style that best fits their lifestyle – whether that is remote or in an office or a blend of the two.”


May 9. 2023Dell implements a return-to-office policy (hybrid, 3 days/week)

‘This is the beginning of us more clearly defining hybrid work for our company. We look forward to those near an office coming in at least three days a week as soon as you can arrange it,’ Dell Technologies Vice Chairman and Co-Chief Operating Officer Jeff Clarke writes.”


April 5, 2024: Dell declares 39 days/quarter for hybrid employees and restrictions for remote employees (Dell’s current policy)

“Hybrid workers must agree to come into an “approved” office at least 39 days each quarter. This is roughly the equivalent of three days per week. Remote workers do not have to come into an approved office at all. However, remote workers aren’t eligible for promotion or to change jobs within the company.”


June 19, 2024Dell workers ignore the new policy

“Close to 50% of Dell’s full-time workers in the US have opted to stay remote, according to internal data on the entire full-time workforce seen by Business Insider.”

Sentiment From Dell Leadership


On Remote Work

Michael Dell, 2022: “At Dell, we found no meaningful differences for team members working remotely or office-based even before the pandemic forced everyone home.”


On Hybrid Work

Jeff Clarke (Vice Chair, COO), 2023: “As soon as possible, we’d like more people to work in a hybrid model,” said Clarke. “Those living within about an hour commute to a major Dell office should come onsite at least three days a week. We’re still flexible – work with your leader to determine schedules within this framework that work best for you and the business.”


On Office-Based Work

2024: Dell did not answer specific questions from BI regarding the data, but said it believes “in-person connections paired with a flexible approach are critical to drive innovation and value differentiation.”


View All Return To Office Plans For The Fortune 100

Every month, we update every Fortune 100 company’s return-to-office policy. You can view the data below.

Fortune 100 RTO policy database

RTO news & sentiment by company: Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Apple, Bank Of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, Meta (Facebook), Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo

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